America’s need for China to back tougher sanctions against North Korea ended up killing the U.S. effort to strike back at China over intellectual property violations, Asia expert Gordon Chang tells Newsmax TV.
The Trump administration had been looking at enforcing Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act, but needed China to support a U.N. Security Council resolution against China’s ally, North Korea. The effort appears to have worked, with the sanctions passing the Security Council on Saturday 15-0.
Now, the effort to punish China for its “predatory, intellectual property rules” is “probably dead for a long time,” Chang told “Newsmax Now” host Bill Tucker on Monday.
“It affects so many U.S. companies,” Chang said. “It goes to the heart of U.S. economic strength and we really need to do this.”
The United States refuses to get firm, he added, because we are “sort of afraid of China.”